In his short story “The Kugelmass Episode,” Woody Allen extends the relationship between reader and text posited by reader-response critics. “The Kugelmass. The Kugelmass EpisodeWoody Allen Source for information on The Kugelmass Episode: Short Stories for Students dictionary. “The Kugelmass Episode” opens with Kugelmass, a middle-aged, unhappily married humanities professor seeking the advice of his analyst, Dr. Mandel.

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Paperback12 pages. Rox Amairani rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Kugelmass says Kopkind, who has always been jealous of him, has identified him as the sporadically appearing character in Madame Bovary and has threatened to tell everything to Kugelmass’s wife.

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Emma wants to go to New York and become an actress. When he meets Emma, Kugelmass says, “She spoke in the same free English translation as the paperback. Anne Santiago rated it it was amazing Jun 24, In the story, Kugelmass is bored and seeks a release from his dull, humdrum existence.

The program often parodied Jewish manners, people, and culture and encouraged performers to be open about their Kugelmaes identities.

But what he doesn’t even consider is that Flaubert’s novel is not about perfect love at all but the ridiculous idealization of it by the title character—which leads to her utter ruin. The ending to Cecelia’s story is more tragic kugelmaws more poignant. Allen’s story also demonstrates reader-response techniques when “enter the text” is interpreted as “read the text.

Only when The Great Persky suggests that he use his transporting cabinet to “meet any of the women created by the world’s best writers” does he decide that this is the type of fantasy world he will escape to. But reality is epiode harsh as it had always been, with its imperfect morality, and she is once again alone and in a state ,ugelmass hopelessness and despair.


When he has had enough, Kugelmass just has to give a yell and he is back in New York. Rodolphe is Emma Bovary’s lover in the novel Madame Bovary. Mandel, the analyst, cautions him, “You’re so unrealistic,” Kugelmass decides that he needs a magician rather than an analyst.

First, a plot review will help in the comprehension of the chosen names. The protagonist, as might the errant husband in any culture on a Friday night or weekend away from his wife, searches for a woman or his “mass of Kugel,” and he wants her to be French eposode respectable. One of the things Allen does in both these works is use the genre of comedy, which is supposed to provide happy endings, and infuse it with the unexpected, with sadness and absurd tragedy.

Since then, the American comedy scene has embraced Jewish comics and Jewish humor. Kugel,ass characters are broadly drawn and have stereotypical traits. But three weeks later he is asking Persky again to transport him into another fictional realm.

He can’t help in that kugelnass, Persky says, because “I’m a magician, not an analyst. Jews make up 12 percent of the population of New York City. But, he thinks, Emma is “beautiful. Kugelmass teaches at City College of New York The word “Kugel” in the title character’s name refers to a sweet noodle dish that is served at Passover.

Nov 30, Petite Clementine rated it liked it. Immigration to New York by European Jews continued in the nineteenth century, intensifying in the s.

His fantasy comes to life when he is thrust into the world of Flaubert’s novel and begins his affair with Emma Bovary, but Kugelmass soon finds that living with one’s fantasy poses many hazards. Sep 26, Aulia Assita rated it it was ok. Kugelmass seeks an escape from reality in art for the basest of reasons: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Kugelmass Episode by Woody Allen.


Literary study is also satirized in the story as students and professors all over the country begin to wonder about what is happening as a “bald Jew” enters Flaubert’s novel. At the end of the novel, Kugelmass asks to be projected into Philip Roth ‘s Portnoy’s Complaint, a book about a Jewish man who talks to his analyst about his sexual troubles. Two collections of his prose writings, Epsode Even and Without Feathers appeared kuhelmass these years.

Books by Woody Allen. In the following essay, Champion explores how readers and the protagonist “enter the text” in “The Kugelmass Episode,” reversing the phenomenon of reader-response. Dec 08, Shasta Cornett rated it it was amazing Shelves: Both these characters show the most shallow side of the entertainment industry, that focuses not on art but on money and fame.

The Kugelmass Episode

In addition to making films at a rate of about one per year, Allen plays jazz clarinet with the New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra. There he meets with his hilariously bizarre ending—thrust by mistake into a remedial Spanish textbook and running for his life as he is chased by a large and hairy irregular verb. Kugelmass confides to Dr. This is one of those stories that I read and go “oh you can write epixode that?

The cabinet Persky uses for Kugelmass’s amazing journeys is cheap and “badly lacquered.